2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the Golf Alltrack have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The Golf Alltrack’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Trax gets better fuel mileage than the Golf Alltrack:

MPG

Trax

FWD

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Golf Alltrack

AWD

Manual

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Transmission

The Chevrolet Trax comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Trax’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:

Trax

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.3 inches

The Trax stops shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

Trax

Golf Alltrack

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Golf Alltrack’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

The Trax is 1 foot shorter than the Golf Alltrack, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Golf Alltrack.

Ergonomics

The Trax LT/Premier has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Trax has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Model Availability

The Trax is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by over two to one during 2018.

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